Grateful to be 31

Meriting to live to see one’s first birthday is a huge privilege, but now that I’ve turned 31, I must say I’m trully blessed. It’s not a “blessing in disguise” either….

Why I’d Vote for Romney

I won’t be voting in the upcoming American elections due to technical difficulties with my absantee vote, but I know whom I’d vote for if I were. Romney impressed me…

I Was Blind feat. Binyamin

Yeah…My inspiration. Where does it come from? It comes from waking up in the morning and knowing that G-d gave me another day. It comes from knowing that whatever I…

New Poem (Unfinished)

The Land lay still,As if in a summer night’s dream,Its shallow valleys, Could not be seen, For years it tried,And tried again,To gather strength,To understand. What folley had it undertaken?Why…

Elul is Here!

R’ Nachman teaches that the worst possible thing to do when one has sinned is to feel bad about it. There’s no doubt that “pangs of repentance” are a must;…

Thanks!

A simple “thanks!” is all it takes,To brighten up my day,To chase away the darkness from the world,To turn the black to gray. You helped me by landing me a…

A Reflection

He tried and tried,He tried in vain,The constant worry drove him insane.He tried to stay,To stay strong,He knew the writing was there,All along. It was a difficult winter,Hard, cold, freezing…

…in Good and in Bad…

We all have our rough spots in life. You’ve had yours, and I’ve had mine. Our resilience and perseverance is what enables us to keep on going, but what else…

Why Must MSN Israel…

Why Must MSN Israel feature news about all the Hollywood stars who’ve had nude photo shoots?Why Must ”’ feature news about left-wing rallies in TA on a daily basis (and does anyone care)?Why…

Chill J’lem Night

Still up,More thoughts to drown out the brain noise,More unexpected emotions to blend in with everything around,Dark, chill J’lem night Moves inTo claim another day,It’s dark–not simply dim!I want to…

On Prayer and Terror in Bulgaria

I had an opportunity to learn with a wonderful young man by the name of Mordechai yesterday. We went over some passages from the Shulchan Aruch/Mishna Brura on prayer. It’s written…

Why?

I posted last about a week ago. It’s been a busy time since then. I found some work, and it’s been pretty good. There are things that bother me to…

On Running

My second wind, my second chance at life,For you I beckon,For mere burden and strife–Cannot accomplish what love can,I long for you,My second wind,In this here, Holy Land. I run,No…

On Parshat Pinchus

This post should be a z’chut to my grandmother’s, Yulia bat Berta’s speedy recovery and was inspired largely by Rabbi Yitzchok Snyder’s d’var Torah today. People, sometimes those from our own…

Insights From This Shabbat

May this post/d’var be a z’chut to my grandmother’s, Yulia bat Berta’s return to health. Jerusalem, 7/8/12: Shabbat Parshat Balak was one of the more spiritual Shabbatot I’ve experienced thus…

On Parshat Balak

Parshat Balak appeals to me for its multi-facetness and its extraordinary connection to modern times. Reading the parsha with Rashi’s commentary, I had two questions: 1st: Balak and Bilam don’t…

Road Signs and Not Giving Up

I’ve had a very difficult time finding a job. This has had its effect on my relations with friends and family. I’ve become more irritable. I’ve noticed that my irritability…